Sixty-five years ago, Chick Yeager became the first human to break the sound barrier! On October 14, 1947 Yeager climbed into a Bell X-1, known as the XS-1 for "experimental, supersonic," attached to the belly of a B-29 aircraft. He went 650 miles per hour that day, becoming the fastest human alive! The 89 year-old did it again Sunday He sat in the backseat of a F-15 Eagle as it broke the sound barrier at more than 30,000 feet above California's Mojave Desert. The same area where he did it for the first time in 1947 while flying an experimental rocket plane.
All, while a new generation of “space” travel was being achieved by another man. Felix Baumgartner traveled to the edge of space, 24 miles above the Earth’s surface and skydove all the way down to the ground landing on his feet in his special pressurized suit, breaking yet another record! He traveled, unassisted by machine, free-falling at 830 miles per hour.
One of the interesting parts to his story is that he didn’t do it under the NASA banner. Oh no, his benefactor Red Bull. A team of scientists, yes some from NASA and others from the private sector made history yesterday in the dessert, 65 years to the day that Yeager did it for the very first time. Two names we’ll always remember; Chuck Yeager and Felix Baumgartner.